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Oct. 11, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Brock Houston's snapshot, "Tagging Sharks," took the top prize in the 2009-2010 Internship Photo Contest sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University's Office of Career Services.
Houston, a senior marine biology major from Helena, Mo., spent his summer interning at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab, in Ocean Springs, Miss., near the Gulf of Mexico. He assisted a graduate student with measuring the effects of human impact on pristine and natural salt marsh habitats.
Houston's photo depicts him working with a shark research team in the Gulf of Mexico. The team tagged, measured and weighed sharks to track their growth and migration patterns.
"The work I was doing in the salt-marsh habitats of the Gulf Coast in Mississippi was unlike anything I have ever done before," Houston said. "The experience really taught me a lot about the region and the habitats, as well as how research is done in a laboratory and how graduate school works. I got the opportunity to study a subject very interesting to me, and it helped me set some career goals."
Other photo contest finalists were:
The annual contest showcases Northwest students participating in unique and engaging internships. Career Services launched the contest during the summer of 2008.
A new contest has opened for all Northwest students participating in internships, practicums, field experiences, directed teaching and field problems. The contest is available for students at worksites now through Aug. 12, 2011.
Photo submissions must include a description that will be judged, along with the student's name and a photo caption. Entries should be no longer than 300 words.
Students can upload photos directly to the Career Services website. Anyone can view the photos on the website, where they can be sorted by year and major. For more criteria, see the Photo Contest page.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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